BREAKING: Exclusive: Former VA gov calls on Fairfax to resign following second accusation

FEBRUARY 8, 2019

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Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) called on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign after a second woman accused Fairfax of sexual assault

On Friday, a woman came forward alleging Fairfax raped her in 2000 while they were students at Duke University. In a statement, Fairfax denied the woman’s allegation.

“It is demonstrably false,” he said. “I have never forced myself on anyone ever.”

Through her attorney, the accuser, Meredith Watson, said she “immediately” told friends that Fairfax had raped her, as well as telling friends in writing via emails and Facebook messages.

“Mr. Fairfax’s attack was premeditated and aggressive,” the law firm’s statement reads. “The two were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship.”

The allegation is the second sexual assault allegation to be leveled at Fairfax.

Following the report, McAuliffe tweeted, “The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible. It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor. I call for his immediate resignation.”

McAuliffe also called on his successor, Ralph Northam (D), to resign last week, after a medical school yearbook page for Northam was discovered to include a picture showing a man wearing blackface and another dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe.

“This has been a heartbreaking day. Ralph Northam is my friend and he served well as my Lt. Governor and as Governor. His actions on display in this photo were racist, unacceptable and inexcusable at any age and any time,” McAuliffe tweeted last Friday.  “The situation that he has put himself and the Commonwealth of Virginia in is untenable. It’s time for Ralph to step down, and for the Commonwealth to move forward.”

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